Win wristbands to Fisherman's Village Music Festival

Enter to win one of 20 wristbands for the Fisherman's Village Music Festival, May 16-17 in Everett.

Fill out my online form.

*No purchase necessary to enter to win. Winner will be selected by a random drawing and will be notified by phone or email.

The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.

Published: Friday, December 7, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Birders looking for unusual visitors at annual count

  • A snowy owl sits on the western side of Everett High School along Hoyt Avenue in Everett on Nov. 13. Various crows swooped by harassing the owl, but t...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    A snowy owl sits on the western side of Everett High School along Hoyt Avenue in Everett on Nov. 13. Various crows swooped by harassing the owl, but the owl refused to move from its perch on the second story.

Thousands of volunteers across the country who dub themselves the Binocular Brigade are gearing up for Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count.
And hopes are high that they'll see more birds from the north spotted in strange places. The count runs from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5.
People are already starting to see snowy owls including one that was spotted last night on the roof of Everett High School.
The two-foot-tall, all-white birds have been seen all over the lower 48. Five owls near Kansas City, Mo., created a traffic jam when thousands of people came to see them.
Audubon experts are already seeing species well outside their normal range and in unusual numbers: Red-breasted nuthatches have been reported in Mississippi by the Pascagoula Audubon Center; evening grosbeaks are drifting farther south and could move as far south as the Carolinas and Georgia.
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running citizen science wildlife survey in the world. The count is expected to undergo several significant changes this year, as Audubon builds on the program's success to entice birdwatchers to lend their eyes and ears year round. Fees to participate in the count will be dropped to encourage greater participation, and the annual published report, American Birds, will go digital in 2013. Christmas Bird Count information will be available online in Spanish for the first time.
And in 2013, Audubon will begin to extend conservation-focused observation efforts throughout the seasons.
To find a count near you, go to
Have you seen a snow owl?
Herald photographer Mark Mulligan would like to take more photos of the snowy owls as they show up in our area. If you see any, you can give him a call at 425-339-3462.
Story tags » ChristmasBird-watching

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

HeraldNet Classifieds